South West France
The Aquitaine and Poitou-Charentes regions are the favourite destinations for UK property buyers after Paris with over 30,000 residents. The area offers a diverse geography, great wines and food and a moderate climate with a good number of sunshine hours. The region tends to offer more value when compared to the South East.
Aquitaine offers everything from vineyards, historic villages and chateaux, the largest forest in Europe to fantastic beaches.
Due to the Atlantic coast, these are also popular for surfing particularly around Biaritz and Bayonne.
The beautiful town of Bordeaux is one of the most popular towns for young professional expats in France. The town has a good climate, high quality of life and, of course, fantastic wine to go with the excellent local produce.
The Pays Basque area in the bottom south-west corner of Aquitaine borders with Spain and has a rich heritage and of course great food.
There are again diverse offerings from the spa town of Cambo-les-Bains and Itxassou on the River Nive to St-Pée-sur-Nivelle, the coastal resorts of St-Jean-de-Luz and Hendaye to high in the hills around Ainhoa as well as the Pays-Basque culture to enjoy.
This is a great area if you like walking, horse-riding and generally, the great outdoors and easy access to Spain.
Poitou-Charentes is very fashionable at present with a lot of interest in Royan, Saujon, Ruffec, Villefagnan, La Chapelle-Pouilloux and Baignes-Sainte-Radegonde.
Ile de Re and Ile d’Oléron are also popular for family holidays so is a good place for renters but is slightly more expensive.
The following villages in Aquitaine are classed as the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France; Belvès, Beynac-et-Cazenac, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Domme, La Roque-Gageac, Limeuil, Monpazier, Saint-Amand-de-Coly, Saint-Jean-de-Côle, Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère, Monflanquin, Pujols-le-Haut, Ainhoa, La Bastide-Clairence, Navarrenx and Sare. For Poitou-Charentes we have Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, Ars-en-Ré, La Flotte-en-Ré, Mornac-sur-Seudre, Talmont-sur-Gironde, Coulon and Angles-sur-l’Anglin.